Tuesday 5 November 2013 

Video - South Africa Confirm Pakistan Tour

Watch as Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat confirms that Pakistan will be touring South Africa later this month for a short series of limited overs matches.

The two sides are currently in action in the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan will arrive in South Africa on 18th November to play three One-Day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals.

Due to India's tour of South Africa being much shorter than originally planned, there was a gap in the calendar for Pakistan and South Africa to organise their third series of the year after Pakistan also toured South Africa in February and March.

"It's really a very, very happy moment for us. We've managed to confirm Pakistan to tour South Africa for five matches. Three ODIs and two T20s starting on the 20th November," Lorgat says.

With India only touring for three ODIs and two Tests, it means that some venues will miss out on hosting international cricket but Lorgat says he is trying to address this issue.

"We will look to the revenue loss in the broader sense. So that's an exercise that we will look at differently. But we didn't want to detract at this point from getting the best fixtures we could and to allocate it to where it would be best placed.

"But there will be some venues that do not get a fixture at all and we will look to see how we can work out something to make everybody as best as we can satisifed as is possible.

"Whatever the original schedule was, even if it wasn't India - if it was somebody else and we had to curtail it and change it, it's not the first option.

"But this is better than we would have expected. So I am really grateful to the Pakistan Cricket Board, to those players who are very, very keen - I saw them a week or two ago and they were all excited about coming - and I think there is some great competition developing between the two teams so I am looking forward to it."

Pakistan and South Africa drew the Test series in the UAE 1-1 and the ongoing ODI series is currently level at the same scoreline.

Video courtesy of SNTV and will remain available until 19th November, when the video above will display the latest live content.

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